Giveaway: BOYS OF ABU GHRAIB on Blu-ray

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May 172014


BOYS OF ABU GHRAIB – available on DVD & Blu-ray from June 4

Based on true events and from the producers of Blood Diamond, Traffic and The Last Samurai.

An Online Universe is lucky to have 5 copies of Boys of Abu Ghraib on blu-ray to give away.

Starring Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Click), John Heard (Home Alone, Runner, Runner), Michael Welch (Twilight Saga) and written and directed by Luke Moran (Listen to your Heart), BOYS OF ABU GHRAIB takes a young soldier from small town America to Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison. There, he’s tasked with guarding the Army’s ‘top priority’ detainees. Pressured by superiors to use violent and intimidating interrogation techniques, on seemingly innocent men, the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threaten to break him.

To win simply email your name and postal address to by 9pm on Wednesday June 4th. Be sure to use ‘BOYS OF ABU GHRAIB’ as the title of your email.

Check out the full terms & conditions of the competition after the jump.
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May 152014


Godzilla (ゴジラ)has been around for 60 years, first appearing in the 1954 Japanese film which bears his name. Since then he has appeared in many Toho films productions as well as numerous comics, video games, TV shows and that rather terrible Roland Emmerich film from 1998. He is a daikaju (大怪獣)- or large strange creature. An almost mythical being which installs fear, but does he mean harm? My review of the 2014 Gareth Edwards Godzilla after the jump.

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10 Films to see at Sydney Film Festival

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May 132014

Fish and CatLooking to fill your flexi 10? Have a few gaps in your schedule? I have combed the 180+ titles in the 2014 Sydney Film Festival programme and have selected 10 films which I believe are worth your time. Think of this as a carefully curated selection of 10 films which offers both variety and a clash-free schedule.

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2014 Sydney Film Festival Programme

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May 082014


The 61st Sydney Film Festival programme consists of 183 titles from 47 countries and includes 15 World Premieres (including 6 World Premiere short films), 122 Australian Premieres (including 14 Australian Premiere short films) and 6 International Premieres (including 1 International Premiere short film). The full programme is now live at

The Opening Night Gala features the Australian Premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, an innovative film about international cultural icon Nick Cave directed by visual artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, who will be in attendance. Cinematographer Erik Wilson (The Imposter, The Double) is the reason I’m excited about this film – his work is fresh and interesting and I can’t wait to see more of his work.

The Closing Night Gala features the Australian Premiere of the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, the new film from Taika Waititi (Boy, which won the Audience Award at SFF 2010) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). I can’t think of a better way to close the festival than a sold out crowd cackling along to some choice Kiwi comedy. This is going to be a fun night.

SFF Festival Director Nashen Moodley on the festival experience. “SFF not only presents the best films from across the country and around the world, but we also open up dialogue between the creators and audiences and curators and critics alike, in every direction and combination. Together in a crowded theatre, comedies are funnier, horror films are scarier and tender moments bring tears more readily; everything we feel is amplified by the power of the shared experience.”

After the jump I delve into the programme in more detail.
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The Double

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May 062014

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Imagine that one day a person who looks exactly like you appears in your life. This person has a name similar to yours, but their personality is almost the exact opposite. Your friends and workmates don’t think there’s anything strange about this person, and they slowly move in your life. Wouldn’t you feel like you were in a horror film? That you were going mad? My review of The Double after the jump.

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My Sydney Film Festival 2014 Wishlist

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May 042014


Imagine if distributors didn’t matter, cost was no barrier and all the films were available for you to cherry pick from? Oh, what a beautiful little bubble that would be. I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few weeks about what might be in the 2014 Sydney Film Festival line-up (to be announced on Wednesday May 7) – some are easier to pick due to them already having Australian distributors and by looking at previous programmes, but there’s always a few “wow” films and a whole bunch that weren’t even on my radar. If there were no barriers, the following 10 films would be in my Sydney Film Festival line-up.

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May 022014


Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was only a young girl when her mother passed away. Instead of being left orphaned and on the street, she was taken in by her father Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), a man of considerably high standing. Going against societal norms of 18th century England, he claimed his mixed race, illigetimate daughter as his own, safeguarding her freedom and allowing her to claim what was rightfully hers. Belle is reviewed after the jump.

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